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  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    29 minutes ago
  • Shabazz Muhammad expected to play Tuesday
    Shabazz Muhammad (achilles) is expected to play in Tuesday's exhibition game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Muhammad has only played one game during the preseason, so it will be good to see him back on the court for the first time since October 7. While Muhammad should see minutes at both forward spots this year, his paltry stats don't warrant fantasy consideration outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    38 minutes ago
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson is locked in
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    53 minutes ago
  • Jose Calderon hopes to play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:15 am
  • Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:06 am
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

    Advice: With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:58 am
  • Russell Westbrook aims to play 82 games
    Russell Westbrook said he is aiming to play a full 82-game schedule this season.

    Advice: After saying that he'd have no restrictions on playing back-to-backs this season, Westbrook added, "Since I've been hurt I know what it feels like to not play. So now I just want to play every game. At this point, I like 82 games." Despite only playing 46 games due to knee injuries last season, Westbrook has played 82 games in four of his six NBA seasons. With Kevin Durant likely to miss at least the first month of the regular season, Westbrook will have a chance to put up huge numbers and should be mid-first round fantasy pick on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:50 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki working on quicker release
    Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

    Advice: As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:20 am
  • Celtics waive F Christian Watford
    Celtics waive F Christian Watford.

    Advice: In a move that won't cause even the smallest of ripples across the fantasy basketball landscape, the Celtics have parted ways with the Indiana University alum, according to head coach Brad Stevens. While the 23-year-old could still hook on with an NBA team at some point this season, he's not a player who fantasy owners need to store in their memory banks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:51 am
  • John Lucas III close to signing with Wizards
    The Washington Wizards are close to signing G John Lucas III, according to league sources.

    Advice: With Brad Beal set to miss six weeks, Lucas would provide the Wizards with some much-need backcourt depth. The 31-year-old owns career averages of just 4.8 points, 1.0 boards, and 1.4 assists, so his fantasy value is essentially non-existent if and when he signs with the Wizards. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:28 am
     
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  • Gerald Wallace expecting diminished role
    Gerald Wallace is expecting to play less minutes this season and is willing to accept that role.

    Advice: After Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said he's still trying to figure out what Wallace's role is, the 13-year veteran said he's willing to accept whatever role comes his way. "I’m here for supportive veteran leadership. Whatever the coach needs me to do," Wallace said. "We’ve already talked about it. I’m in a position where I’m comfortable with it." With Jeff Green, Evan Turner, and James Young crowding the Celtics' wing, Wallace likely won't see enough minutes to provide fantasy value in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:11 am
  • Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin
    Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin.

    Advice: Griffin had been competing for one of the Mavericks' final roster spots after a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League, but it looks like he's reached the end of the line in Dallas. While the 24-year-old may hook on with another team, he won't provide much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:04 am
  • Anderson looks good in preseason win
    Kyle Anderson started with multiple Spurs starters out in Monday's 106-99 exhibition win over the Kings, scoring 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with five rebounds, two assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: It's not fair but Anderson falling to the Spurs looks like another win for the organization. He won't have any fantasy value to start the year but keep his name in your mental Rolodex for down the line. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays 23 minutes on Monday
    Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.

    Advice: He just got some rest and he's been over his hip injury for over a week. Nowitzki isn't the sexiest pick you can make, but he is a very safe guy to grab at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Calderon leaves game with strained right calf
    Jose Calderon left Monday's exhibition with a strained right calf and did not return.

    Advice: Fisher said that injury is not serious and this will be one of many updates like this tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) still not 100 percent
    Gerald Wallace (knee) divulged that he still feels pain when trying to explode off his surgically repaired left knee, and admitted he's currently not capable of playing major minutes.

    Advice: "I don’t feel myself at 100 percent," said Wallace. "I’m still battling, trying to get my knee back to where I want it to be. At this point I don’t feel like I can play 30 or 40 minutes right now, with my knee the way it is. I’m still a work in progress of getting myself back to 100 percent so I’m comfortable with it." It's been injury after injury with Wallace, and after averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds with the Celtics last season, he's just not worth drafting anymore in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:46 pm
  • James Harden sinks 2-of-12 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs
    James Harden finished Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, making 10-of-11 FTs but only 2-of-12 FGs in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: He missed a few days with a minor hip injury but looked good vs. the Warriors, and the injury isn't a concern heading into the regular season. Harden vowed to improve his defense this year but fantasy owners will be happy if he keeps up the offensive fireworks -- he's averaged at least 25 points, 2.3 triples and 5.8 assists during his two seasons with Houston, while racking up phenomenal weighted-FT percentages. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:55 pm
  • Russell Westbrook w/ apparent wrist injury
    Russell Westbrook (wrist) scored 11 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal before exiting Sunday's game after 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Westbrook seemed to tweak his wrist just before exiting, but there are no indications that it's a meaningful injury. He shot 3-of-12 from the field with five turnovers against a makeshift Wolves' starting lineup, so it wasn't his finest hour. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) out again Sunday
    Shabazz Muhammad's sore Achilles tendon will sideline him again on Sunday.

    Advice: He's been out for over a week but recently shed his protective boot, so he's likely to play in at least one preseason game. The Wolves picked up his $2.1 million option for next season and he should play backup minutes at both SF and PF this year, but there's too much depth in Minnesota to rely on him as a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:49 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) returns on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) returned to action during the NBA's first 44-minute game but went scoreless in five minutes.

    Advice: The man they call Crash is finally getting over a bruised knee but he won't have a big enough role on this Celtics team to matter in almost any format. Ignore Wallace on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:39 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad has team option exercised
    Shabazz Muhammad had his team option exercised on Sunday.

    Advice: He has shown some immaturity early on in his NBA career, but still has plenty of time to turn it around. Muhammad lost some weight this offseaason, but an achilles injury is currently hampering his fight for minutes at the SF position. He is not on the fantasy radar except for in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:17 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) available on Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will be available for Sunday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Wallace hasn't had a fantasy relevant season since 2012, and we're not expecting a sudden turnaround. He's extremely injury prone, and just isn't capable of putting up meaningful stat lines anymore. Feel free to ignore Wallace in all formats come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:32 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Kyle Anderson steps up on Saturday
    Kyle Anderson looked great in the starting lineup against the Heat on Saturday with 17 points, seven boards, four assists, two 3-pointers and two turnovers on 4-of-9 from the field.

    Advice: He was really crafty tonight and started off hot with his two 3-pointers to start the game. Anderson could get in the rotation to start the season with Kawhi Leonard (eyes) up in the air for the opener. He's still not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:58 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Mavericks resting just about everyone vs. IND
    Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris are resting against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dirk is believed to be fine and he's over his hip injury from earlier this month. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) expected to play Sunday
    Gerald Wallace (knee) is expected to be ready to suit up on Sunday against Brooklyn.

    Advice: He is recovering from a bone bruise in his knee and looks like he is ready to join the fight for rotational minutes at SF and PF for the Celtics. He isn't going to have a large enough role to matter in most leagues so he is not worth drafting in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • James Harden (hip) practices on Thursday
    James Harden (hip) participated in Rockets practice on Thursday.

    Advice: This is good news for the Rockets as a sore hip has kept their leading scorer out of action for the past few days. Harden never seemed to be in any danger of missing time during the regular season and should be a first-round pick in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:59 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad out of boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) was out of his walking boot on Thursday.

    Advice: He's also at 215 pounds, which is down from 242 from last year. Muhammad will likely sit out Friday's preseason action, but could play on Sunday and will get minutes at both forward spots. He doesn't really fill a stat sheet and is not a fantasy option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:37 am
  • Russell Westbrook getting Thursday night off
    Russell Westbrook (rest) will not play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge part of the OKC offense and will play on Friday night. Westbrook only played about 10 percent of his playing time without Kevin Durant, so he'll have to adapt to a new role. If he can stay healthy, he'll have a chance to put up huge numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:33 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki favors shortened NBA season
    Dirk Nowitzki would like to see the NBA regular season schedule trimmed from 82 games.

    Advice: Piggybacking on comments by Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Dirk said he thinks the regular season schedule should be cut to the "mid-60s." Nowitzki then added his biggest issue is back-to-backs, "Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old. I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between." While his suggestion would go a long way towards helping the 36-year-old, he's still worth a late-second, early-third round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:40 am
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) still in a boot
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is still in a walking boot.

    Advice: He is expected to return to practice on Thursday and could play in a game on Sunday. Muhammad dropped some weight in the offseason, which is encouraging because he was in the news for the wrong reasons during his first summer as a rookie. He's only an option in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • J.R. Smith battling back spasms in preseason
    J.R. Smith was briefly sidelined by back spasms on Tuesday, but he returned to finish with four points on 1-for-7 shooting in 23 minutes.

    Advice: "[The back spasms] have been going back and forth the last few days, but it’s all right," Smith said. The bigger concern for fantasy owners is how big a role Smith will have this season. He faces renewed competition from Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr., and he conceded that the triangle offense could take "a few months" to operate smoothly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
  • Russell Westbrook double-doubles
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-10 shots for 14 points, three rebounds, 12 assists and seven turnovers in Tuesday's preseason win.

    Advice: Westbrook is going to be a beast as long as he can stay healthy, and many of tonight's TOs weren't his fault, as his teammates must have eaten some buttered popcorn prior to the game. He's still going to be a turnover machine, but most high-volume scorers are. Westbrook looks like a Top 5 pick with Kevin Durant expected to miss a couple months of action with a broken foot. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • J.R. Smith misses 6-of-7 shots in win
    J.R. Smith came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit just 1-of-7 shots for four points, one rebound, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He wants to start at shooting guard, but we're starting to get the feeling Iman Shumpert is the favorite for the job. Smith will also have to get used to splitting minutes with Tim Hardaway off the bench, and Hardaway has been the more consistent player this preseason. Smith is still worth a late fantasy flier and will have some big games, but he'll have some duds like this one, too. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Jose Calderon invisible on Tuesday
    Jose Calderon started and played 26 minutes on Tuesday, but missed both his shots and finished with zero points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Not one of his better nights, but the starting job is his and he's a very efficient point guard. Once you need a starting PG at the end of your draft, he'll be a no-brainer option. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:54 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) likely out Friday
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is wearing a protective boot and he's not expected to play in Friday's exhibition.

    Advice: Flip Saunders said that Muhammad will be out for a "few days" due to mild Achilles tendinitis, so this doesn't sound like a serious problem. He can't afford to lose any ground in the fight for minutes at SF and fantasy owners can safely ignore him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:46 am
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Westbrook: 'I can't win games by myself'
    Russell Westbrook wants OKC to come together as a team in wake of Kevin Durant's (foot) injury.

    Advice: "It's not about me. It's about our team. I can't win games by myself. I can't do anything by myself," Westbrook said Monday. "I kind of want to take the attention off me and put it more on the team. Everybody keeps asking what I'm going to do and how I'm going to change. I think it's more about our team and what we can do." Westbrook is going to be asked to do a lot for the Thunder sans Durant, and he has the potential to lead the league in scoring while Durant is on the sidelines. Russell will be putting up some monster lines to start the 2014-15 season, and he's well worth a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:05 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • James Harden (hip) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    James Harden (hip) will not suit up for Tuesday's exhibition vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but there's no reason to risk anything during the preseason, so he's not going to play. Harden averaged 25.4 points, 6.1 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers, 3.6 turnovers, and 1.6 steals on 45.6 percent shooting from the field last season with the Rockets, and those numbers are worthy of a top-5 selection in any format. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:41 pm
  • James Harden (hip) to sit out on Monday night
    James Harden (hip) will not play against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: It sounds a lot like the hip injury Dirk Nowitzki just got over and Harden would probably be playing in a regular season game. He just has a bruise and he should be ready for game action by the end of next week. Harden is going to do a heck of of a lot for an up-tempo offense, so he should be off the board in the first five picks in standard drafts. Troy Daniels and Nick Johnson will get a little extra burn tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 9:06 am
  • Gerald Wallace (knee) out for two games
    Gerald Wallace (knee) will miss the next two games due to a knee injury.

    Advice: It's just a bone bruise and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong structurally. Wallace had knee surgery on his torn meniscus last season and he'll probably need some maintenance days throughout the year. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 8:44 am
  • Dirk says he wouldn't have missed a reg. game
    Dirk Nowitzki said he wouldn't have missed any regular season action due to his hip injury.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday and Friday, but returned on Sunday and looked great. Nowitzki said he felt fine on Sunday and should be good to go the rest of the way. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 7:22 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki's hip not an issue vs. Pacers
    Dirk Nowitzki's bruised hip didn't prevent him from scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Pacers on Sunday, adding five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He sank two 3-pointers in just 19 minutes before sitting out the second half as a precaution, and he heads toward the regular season in great health. His minutes and shot attempts may take a minor dip this season with Chandler Parsons in the lineup, but Dirk remains a solid pick in the 20-30 range of all 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 7:05 pm
  • James Harden rests bruised hip on Sunday
    James Harden rested his bruised hip during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: It wouldn't be surprising to see him skip Monday's exhibition as a precaution, but the injury is not a significant concern. Harden takes a ton of contact on a game-by-game basis, but he's averaged only 4.6 DNPs during his five-year career. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 1:33 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki will play Sunday vs. Pacers
    Dirk Nowitzki will play Sunday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Nowitzki was dealing with a hip contusion, but his return for a preseason game tells us that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Nowitzki will have his minutes limited this season, and the offseason acquisition of Chandler Parsons will help ease the burden for Dirk on offense. We're expecting a minor dip in Dirk's production this year, but he still profiles as a solid late-second, early-third round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 10:23 am
  • Russell Westbrook set to carry OKC's offense
    With news that Kevin Durant will be sidelined a minimum of 6-8 weeks, Russell Westbrook is primed for a monster start to the season.

    Advice: Westbrook's usage rate with Kevin Durant on the bench last year was 44.6, so while the turnovers might border on ridiculous, he's going to be huge to start the 2014-15 season. You can go ahead and slide Westbrook up on your draft boards, as he'll be worthy of a top-8 selection in 8-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 8:20 am
  • J.R. Smith takes nine shots in 19 minutes
    J.R. Smith hit 6-of-9 shot and two 3-pointers for 14 points, one rebound, two assists and a steal in just 19 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Smith didn't start tonight and it remains to be seen if he starts on opening night. Either way, he's a volume shooter, and while he won't do your field goal percentage any favors, he is going to have some big scoring nights for the Knicks. But he'll also have some terrible shooting nights, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 7:12 pm
  • Jose Calderon scores nine in Knicks win
    Jose Calderon played 21 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to nine points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Calderon isn't a flashy fantasy pick, but he's highly efficient, has a great assist-to-turnover ratio and will be an effective point guard. Once the big names are off the board, Calderon is worth a look if you need a point guard, but his injury history is a little bothersome. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 7:09 pm
  • Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) misses practice
    Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play on Friday and is hopeful to get back on the practice court on Sunday. Muhammad really slimmed down this summer and he knows he has an opportunity this season, but he's still not worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 11, 11:02 am
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